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SEX, SHARKS AND ROCK & ROLL

Rating: 5
For those interested interested or having an untapped fascination with sea life, this book is compelling; powered by the author's obvious and contagious enthusiasm.
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THAT WOMAN

Rating: 4
THAT WOMAN centers on a 17-year-old female forced into indentured servitude, and treated in every possible way, as the “master’s” “property.” Once freed, she seeks pay-back amidst the hard-scrabble, impersonal, money-obsessed New York.
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THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE

Rating: 5
In THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE, an aging chorus boy named Sebastian Hart is still grief-stricken a year after his husband’s death.
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WHY THEY STAY: SEX SCANDALS, DEALS AND HIDDEN AGENDAS OF NINE POLITICAL WIVES

Rating: 4
Politics from a fresh angle, WHY THEY STAY offers a slightly cynical yet deeply affecting take on nine powerful relationships, examining philandering husbands and the fallout from their actions in largely US politics.
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SOLOMON BULL

Rating: 4
SOLOMON BULL is a suspenseful tale that makes telling commentary on American Indians and the U.S. government.
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DEVASTATED LANDS

Rating: 4
DEVASTATED LANDS follows Shane Cooper, a loner who prefers wilderness to people. But after the huge eruption of Mount Rainier, Cooper becomes a reluctant savior guiding a group of survivors back to civilization.
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BACKSTRAP

Rating: 5
The theme in BACKSTRAP is damaged goods, personified in the main character, an Iraq War vet and recovering drug addict.
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GIDEON: THE SOUND AND THE GLORY

Rating: 4
Joseph Ganci’s novel takes on the character of the reluctant and self-deprecating warrior Gideon who, as instructed by Yahweh, freed the ungrateful, idol-worshipping Israelites from their seven-year servitude to the Midian Empire.
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SIZE ZERO

Rating: 5
SIZE ZERO involves a cold case crime whose previously-missing girl/victim is literally stitched into a coat worn by a model on the runway.
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KILLER IN THE HOLY CITY

Rating: 4
A mysterious murderer seems to be copying the Boston Strangler – can the police, with the help of forensic consultants Danie and Cal Callahan, track down the killer before he strikes again?
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30-DAY BOOK MARKETING CHALLENGE

Rating: 4
In a “It’s not all about you” guide to effectively using social media to boost book sales, Rachel Thompson’s book gives daily tasks and explanations on how to sell your work and what to do to ensure success once the hard graft of putting pen to paper is over.
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ACCIDENTAL EVILS

Rating: 4
In this excellent adventure novel, Steve Dimodica displays his insider knowledge about the military and a highly skilled approach to hidden conspiracies and bizarro world politics.
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Heartbreak and time travel make for a powerful mix in NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

Rating: 4
NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE follows Dr. Dennis Tanner, a New York surgeon who one day begins to mysteriously lose time. Soon enough, Tanner realizes he's being fast-forwarded into the future.
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Two teens become targets of a mysterious shooting in CHICO BOY

Rating: 4
A teenage boy and his best friend find themselves in the middle of a bizarre situation when they witness a nearby shooting.
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PLAINS TO THE PACIFIC

Rating: 5
PLAINS TO THE PACIFIC is the autobiography of Robert Slothower, a pioneer farmer and rancher whose life and adventures spanned several states and over eighty years.
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THE FEDERAL PRISON HANDBOOK

Rating: 5
Christopher Zoukis, a prison inmate turned writer, advocate, and law student, offers a comprehensive guide to how to survive, avoid conflict, and seek out opportunities to better oneself while incarcerated.
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A SUMMER OF GOOD-BYES

Rating: 4.5
A man's vacation in Provence with his wife and adopted son brings him into contact again with his lost love and her dying partner.
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EXPECTING SUNSHINE

Rating: 5
The author, mourning for a baby son who died in her arms at birth, must confront the depths of her loss and find healing when she becomes pregnant with her third child.
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#eSociety: In the Digital Age, No One Should Be Left Behind

Rating: 4
Part memoir, part clarion call, #eSociety makes an impressive argument for how to democratize the tech industry for all classes.
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MEMORIES OF A HOME: ELM STREET

Rating: 4
MEMORIES OF A HOME is a charming time-capsule treatment of Americana in the mid-1960s.
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THE HACKER CHRONICLES

Rating: 4
A young man finds that a job with a surveillance organization offers him opportunities for adventure and danger as a cyber-detective.
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MOONSTROKE

Rating: 4
Set twelve years after a Moon colony lost contact with Earth, MOONSTROKE is a stellar account of human resilience, ingenuity, and courage.
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WATERSHED Might Seem Crazy, But It Knows What It’s Doing

Rating: 4.7
For Raquel – phone-addict, lost soul, being post-coitally ejected from the belly of a light aircraft (albeit with what is hopefully a functional parachute) is just the start of her problems.
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TEENAGE DEGENERATE

Rating: 4
A young man's life degenerates into a haze of crystal meth addiction and self-destruction – but can he escape on his own?